Being organized can make your life easier—and here’s why it may also make you healthier.
Being organized can affect all aspects of your life—from work and school to home and relationships. So can being unorganized.
A lack of organization may affect how much time it takes you to do things because you don’t always know what you need to do or have the tools to get it done. It can also affect how much money you spend. Have you ever bought something, only to realize you already had it stashed away someplace where you couldn’t find it? Disorganization can also make you more stressed, anxious and unproductive.
Although there’s no guarantee that being more organized will bring you good health, here are 5 ways that it may help you be a healthier and happier person:
- You’ll be less stressed. By getting things in your life more organized, you’ll likely be less stressed. Having a to-do list helps you stay focused and productive. Cleaning out clutter, whether it’s your email inbox or your closet, often feels like a weight being lifted off your shoulders. When you don’t have to spend as much time finding things or figuring out what needs to be done, there are fewer reasons for you to be stressed.
- You’ll sleep better. Physical, mental and emotional clutter can make you more anxious, which can make it harder to fall or stay asleep. When you’re disorganized, it’s not uncommon to have thoughts running through your head because you’re trying to remember so many different things. If you have to spend more time getting things done, you may also have less time to relax or get some shut-eye.
- You’ll be happier. Being organized often helps you get things done more effectively and efficiently. That leaves you with more time to focus on the things you enjoy. With less stress and more time, you’ll be able to take care of the things that are important to you and can have more fun. That’s not only good for your mental health, but it’s also good for your physical health.
- You’ll take better care of yourself. People who are organized tend to be better about taking care of their health. You may be more likely to schedule doctor appointments and health screenings. You also may be more likely to schedule time for regular exercise and to set aside time to plan and prepare healthier meals.
- You may enjoy better relationships. Organized people tend to be good at scheduling appointments and showing up when they’re supposed to. They’re also usually better at following through with things they have promised others. All of this may add up to stronger and more committed relationships.
Of course, being organized is not a sure-fire way to be healthier, happier or more relaxed. But organization can certainly make your life easier and can make you feel lighter and more productive, which can all result in positive outcomes.
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Date Last Reviewed: November 18, 2022
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
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